Archive | March, 2013

Getting ready for race day

31 Mar

I’m registered for the race

My hotel is reserved. 

This is happening, I don’t care how bad my knee hurts! 

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For the past 2 weeks my weekday workouts have concentrated on rehabilitating my knee.  Stretching and myofascial release, strengthening of glutes and hips, ultrasound, iontophoresis with a steriod medication, and biking.  Last weekend I jogged 2 miles on new shoes with knee pain and the next day jogged 6 miles with really bad knee pain.  No running this weekend. I’ll jog some at some point this week and see what happens.  If I were my athlete, I would have sent me to the doctor by now.  But we all know we are our worst patients, and I’m not planning on an xray until after the race.  If I have a terrible time with the run I’ll go after that.  I don’t suspect it to be anything more than severe overuse, but I suppose there’s an off chance of a stress fracture. Blah. 

This week will be more of the same. I just finished a yoga workout. I’ll continue my stretching and myofascial release, some light strengthening, less calisthenics. I’ll continue taking Aleve twice a day and do my worst!  I’m excited to be in Florida along the coast, wind in my hair! I’m just going to focus on the positives and forget the 13.1 for a while!  I’m so nervous! 

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My first injury

10 Mar

 

 

Well, it’s official. I have IT Band Syndrome.

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Last week when I got home from 7 miles my knee hurt. I iced and stretched and it lingered for about 2 days. Saturday I went out for 4 miles of intervals and my knee started hurting at about 3 and a half. Knowing I needed to turn around and do 9 miles today I came home, stretched, iced, took Ibuprofen. Alas, today it’s still pretty painful. I think headed out on a 9 mile run today I’d regret it.

I’m not good with pain or injury. I’m actually quite a baby about it.  My plan to get better this week:

  • Ibuprofen for 5 days
  • Stretch hips, hams, quads, IT band 2x/day
  • Glute medius, VMO, and core strength daily
  • Use foam roller and the stick on IT bands 2x/day

Workouts for this week:

Monday: Arms

Tuesday/Thursday: Core

Thursday: forego leg workout for hip and leg rehab

Friday/Sunday: 4 miles intervals

Saturday: 9 mile jog

I’m still pretty slow, but I’ll worry about speed when the half marathon is over.  My interval day I averaged 13:32/mile. That’s about the best average I’ve had. Not bad, despite the injury.

Pretty OK

3 Mar

That’s how I would describe this week. “Pretty Ok”. How much more mediocre could we get, eh?

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Workouts:

  • Monday: Core
  • Tuesday: Arms
  • Wednesday: Core
  • Thursday: Legs
  • Friday:Nothing (was supposed to be 4 miles of intervals)
  • Saturday: I was pumped for my 9 miles. I got all ready, bundled up, and on my way to the trail it started snowing. SNOWING…I said eff this, and went back home. I ended up doing 3 rounds of tabata workouts for a total of 15 minutes. It was work during. Afterward I felt like I hadn’t done much at all, but Sunday morning I was actually a little sore.  So yay for Tabata.  I’ll have to revisit that.
  • Sunday: Intention: 9 miles. Actual: 7 miles. After 5 miles my phone/music died. My left knee hurt (ITB), my right 2nd toe hurt (it has this weird callus at the tip and it hurts, it’s weird), and I was cold cold cooooold to the bone. So cold it hurt.  I’m such a wimp, I swear.

I’m pretty pleased with my workouts overall. I need to get my ass in gear on my 2 interval days/week. My long days have been getting slower and slower and slower.  Many of you could walk as fast (or faster) than I “run” sometimes. I try not to focus on speed, but seriously, I’m getting ridiculously slow.

My biggest problem is that I’m hungry. Oh so hungry. I don’t necessarily crave bad food, I just want more food.  Copious amounts of food.  I wasn’t really prepared for that this week so I ended up snacking a little too much on whatever was on hand. That’s not good in my line of work because patients love to bring in junkfood ( and so do my coworkers). There’s always chips, crackers, cake, cookies, chocolates. My brace rep brought me my own package of king size reeses this week. WTF dude? You are not helping!

Anyway, ways I’ll do better this week:

  • 2 tabata workouts at 5:30am. My schedule is kind of screwed this week but I think I’ll keep them on Tuesday/Thursday.
  • 2 core workouts on Monday/Wednesday
  • 2 4-mile interval runs on Friday/Saturday
  • Sunday long run: 9 miles ( I already dread it)
  • Bring more snacks to work

Also, funny story, last week I was trying to do my interval runs on the treadmill in the fitness room of my complex.  The damn thing just shut off twice  in the middle of sprint intervals.  I damn near went over the front rail…twice!  I might have to look at getting a gym membership. I just hate to. I’ll only be using it maybe twice a week when the weather sucks or I get around to it too late to go outside.  I do have a planet fitness close by, though. I hear they’re only $10/month.

Own that workout, Brad Pitt!

Own that workout, Brad Pitt!